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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Jesus The Messiah - What Are The Odds?

One of the most wonderful witnessing experiences I have had, so far anyway, was leading a 96 year old Jewish woman to the Lord on Christmas Day, 2015, while visiting a nursing home in Sierra Vista, AZ. At 96 she was sharp as a tack and she shared her life story with me over an hour or so. Every so often I would interject something biblically relevant as an example that fit into her life. Mostly, I listened. At the end I shared a brief explanation of Jesus as the Messiah. She knew the OT scriptures and grasped this immediately. One thing I want to share with you is the mathematical odds of Jesus fulfilling OT prophesies.
Odds of fulfilling just 8 OT Prophesies
The odds of one man fulfilling just eight OT Messianic prophecies is 1 in 10^17. That would be one followed by 17 zeros, 100,000,000,000,000,000. In order to comprehend this, if you took 10^17 silver dollars and laid them out on the state of Texas, they would cover the entire state two feet deep. If you marked one of those silver dollars with a sharpie, stirred the whole mess thoroughly and then blindfolded a man and told him that he could pick up just one silver dollar that has the mark on it, those would be the same odds as having the OT prophets writing just eight prophecies and having them all come true in one man.
The chance of one man fulfilling 48 Messianic prophecies found in the Tanakh (Old Testament) would be 1 in 10^157, or 1 followed by 157 zeros! Yet, This is the number of obvious OT prophesies fulfilled by Jesus.

Examples of fulfilled Messianic prophesies:
1. Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem
Micah 5:2; fulfilled in Matt. 2:1-7; John 7:42; Luke 2:4-7
2. Messiah is to be preceded by a Messenger Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; fulfilled in Matthew 3:1-3; 11:10; John 1:23; Luke 1:17
3. Messiah is to enter Jerusalem on a donkey Zechariah 9:9; fulfilled in Luke 35-37; Matthew 21:6-11
4. Messiah is to be betrayed by a friend Psalms 41:9; 55:12-14; fulfilled in Matthew 10:4; 26:49-50; John 13:21
5. Messiah is to be sold for 30 pieces of silver Zechariah 11:12; fulfilled in Matthew 26:15; 27:3
6. Messiah is to be born of a virgin
Isaiah 7:14; fulfilled in Matthew 1:18-2:1; Luke 1:26-35
7. Messiah is to be executed by crucifixion, by having His hands and feet pierced
Psalm 22:16; fulfilled in John 19:28
8. Messiah is to be given vinegar to quench His thirst
Psalm 69:22; fulfilled in Matthew 27:34
9. Messiah is to be executed without having a bone broken
Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:21; fulfilled in John 19:33-36
10. Messiah is to be raised from the dead
Isaiah 53:9-10; Psalm 2:7; 16:10; fulfilled in Matthew 28:1-20; Acts 2:23-36;13;33-37; 1 Corinthians 11:4-6

Right before I left I leaned in and told her that Yeshua was waiting for her. She just said ‘I know ‘ as the tears came pouring down. To think, 96 years and to finally come to the truth, just awesome.
Don’t keep your faith to yourself...blessings

Monday, December 3, 2018

Understanding Principalities & Powers - Demonic Entities of the Second Heaven

Paul speaks of principalities and powers in Ephesians 6:12, saying that we as believers “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Principalities and Powers are specifically mentioned six times in scripture and implied by definition even more…but what are they and where are these “high places?”
A principality is defined as ‘a relatively small geographic area, within a larger geographic area, ruled over by a prince or other chief ruler’. Powers operate within a kingdom, a principality, or even an empire. So, a principality has regional power or capacity to act, exerting control or influence over that region. We know from Paul that our struggle isn’t against physical beings but against these invisible enemies and that they reside in “high places”. To shed some more scriptural light on the idea of how a demonic principality functions, we can look at Daniel 10.
In Daniel 10, Daniel has been fasting and praying for some 21 days and has a vision – and an angelic visitation from Gabriel. Gabriel explains to Daniel that his prayers were heard from day one but that he had been doing battle with the ‘prince of the kingdom of Persia’, trying to break through to Daniel with the prophetic answer to his prayer. Gabriel further explains that the Archangel Michael had come to his aid. He also mentions the ‘kings of Persia’, implying that he had been doing battle with a principality, the prince of Persia, who had been given great authority and power. From this one illustration we see principalities and powers at work - and even though they aren’t specifically labeled as such, they meet the definition perfectly - If it walks like a duck…
But Wait! Didn’t Jesus Disarm Principalities and Powers in Colossians 2:15??
“When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.” (Col 2:15 AMP)
How is it possible that Jesus disarmed principalities and powers and yet, in Ephesians 6:12, written some 30 years after the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, Paul says that it is against these very same powers that we do battle? Just for giggles, let’s look at the Greek for the meaning of the word ‘disarm’, or ‘spoiled’ as it is in the KJV.
Disarm (spoil) in the Greek (G554; G575; G1562), means to strip (separate) one of his garments; to unclothe.
Clothing, garments, armor, etc. in scripture is almost always symbolic and representative of power, praise or righteousness – i.e. Isaiah 61:3; Job 29:14; Eph 6:10-18, etc. It also means to bare or expose one for their true being.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, He disarmed the principalities of their power, exposing them as being completely powerless against Him. This was evidently, according to scripture, a temporary thing. The answer as to how this could possibly happen lies back in Daniel 10. The prince of Persia had been defeated by Michael - just as the principalities of Colossians 2:15 were defeated by Christ - allowing Gabriel to break through to Daniel. So, if that principality was defeated, wouldn’t that leave a big, gaping hole in the demonic forces in “high places”, that Paul referred to as being very active 30 years after Christ’s ascension? Daniel 10:20 explains how this is possible:
“ Then he said, “Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the prince of Greece is about to come.” (NASB)
What Takes Place on Earth is Reflected in the Heavenly Places
Did you catch it? The prince of Persia was being replaced by the prince of Greece! The demonic is like rust, it never sleeps and there are always replacements waiting in line to jump in. This also speaks to another topic - what happens on earth is reflected in the heavens. At the time that all this was going on with Daniel, the Persian empire on earth was about to be conquered by the Greeks in the form of Alexander the Great. Remember, principalities are ‘regional’ entities. The prince of Persia was located in the second heaven (in between earth and God’s throne) above Persia, over what is now Iran. Alexander the Great was a Grecian king who conquered Persia in 324BC and this is what Gabriel was referring to when he said ‘the prince of Greece is about to come”. What takes place on earth is reflected in the heavenly places. This basic concept is stated in Matthew 18:18: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” This also speaks of the power we carry, on earth and in heaven.
We know that these entities were created by Jesus, which means they have a purpose. Colossians 1:16 says “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for Him”
The really good news is that we believers are seated in Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6) and have been given all authority over every demonic entity on earth and in the heavens and that through His precious blood we can defeat these entities the same as He did.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Demonic Open Doors, Demonology and Deliverance

A lot of preachers warn believers against open doors to the demonic but the fact is that the vast, vast majority of demonized Christians were infested before salvation when every door and window was wide open. The demonic most often takes root during the formative (and mostly innocent) years of womb to mid-teens due to emotional /psychological trauma, whether real or perceived - I.e. imagined or planted by the enemy - and if not dealt with after salvation can linger without the afflicted being able to even fully comprehend where it came from in many cases.
Womb infestation can be caused by unwanted pregnancy, for example, which can be sensed by the unborn in the same way that playing certain music or singing to them can while in the womb. The unborn are sensitive to external stimuli including the mothers emotions, especially when voiced out loud. The resulting rejection detected by the unborn can have lasting effects even into adulthood if not dealt with post-salvation and in many cases the afflicted has no idea as to the root cause. Human memories of childhood only go back so far with clarity. Unexplained feelings of unworthiness, anger, resentment, etc can surface with little to no present stimulus. The person can be viewed as being ‘naturally disposed' to negative emotions as a result.
The message to open door messengers is that post true-salvation infestation usually only takes place due to willful rebellion. The presence of the demonic in believers is due to a time when ALL doors were open while living in a natural, sin state which every human being is born into. When dealing with demonized believers we should always look to life prior to salvation first, unless there are current overt signs of rebellion.
The issue is that the vast majority of church leaders have no understanding of the demonic, don’t know how to deal with casting the spirits out and either ignore or ostracize the afflicted. The title of ‘deliverance minister’ only exists because of this ignorance. Ignorance simply means that one isn’t informed - the negative aspects of ignorance come into play when it is by choice. Deliverance has become a specialty ministry when it was intended to be a part of ministry in general.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Replacement Theology, Fulfillment Theology, Dominion Theology and the Promises of God.

"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said (anything) and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" Numbers 23:19
Every promise of God will be fulfilled, including Old Covenant promises to Israel and the Jewish people, but today there are false teachings that make God out to be a liar.
These false teachings include:
• Replacement Theology
• Fulfillment Theology and,
• Dominion Theology
In the first, Replacement Theology, the Church is now the sole expression of the purpose of God on earth and as such is the “New Israel of God.” The Jewish people, having failed God and have forfeited the promises made to them in the Abrahamic Covenant and especially those that promise them everlasting possession of the land of Canaan for the purpose of world redemption - not to mention God's HQ in the earth during the millennium reign of Christ and His body.
Fulfillment Theology teaches that Jesus in His own life and body fulfills all the promises that God made to the Jewish people in the Abrahamic Covenant including those that have to do with bequeathing to the Jewish people the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession.
In Dominion Theology, the Church is destined to take dominion over the world and set up a type of global expression of Christendom. Once this has been achieved, in that the seven mountains of human activity have been Christianized, Jesus will come again. In other words the Church, the body of Christ, ushers in the Millennium before Jesus comes and therefore there is no need for a restored Jewish state in the land of Canaan to do so. Only a restored Church can accomplish this and thus this false teaching asserts that a new type of empowered Christian is going to emerge who will bring about the Kingdom of God to the world in a new and dynamic manner. The emphasis here is on man, not God. Consequently, once again, Israel’s modern-day restoration is irrelevant and therefore has no biblical credentials. Dominion Theology is nothing more than a re-invention of an old teaching called Post-Millennialism.
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope that is set before us.” —Hebrews 6:13-18

Sunday, June 17, 2018


In English, you’ve seen it written “alleluia” or “hallelujah.” The more accurate way to spell it is Halleluyah, which is actually two Hebrew words joined together: Hallel (Praise) and Yah, which is a shortened form of YHVH, the personal name of the Lord God of Israel.
The hallel-u is a command to ‘you’, but it’s plural — that is, “You all, praise.”
Why do we praise Yah?
Psalm 150:2 “For His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness.”
In other words, we praise Him for everything He is, everything He has done and everything He is going to do.
How do we praise Yah?
Psalm 150:3 says we are to “praise Him with dancing as well as with the sound of the trumpet, harp, lyre, tambourine, strings, pipe, clashing of cymbals, and with our voices”
Those that think heaven is going to be quiet, controlled worship are in for a shocker.
“Let everything that has breath Hallel-u Yah, Hallel-u Yah — Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord.” Praise Him like you mean it!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:1instructs us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (KJ) In Greek, the word translated as 'substance' literally means "underlying reality' or 'underlying truth upon which something is built".' Hope is built on an underlying truth that we know by faith. Therefore, without faith, true hope doesn't exist.
In Psalm 27:13, David tells us “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.”

If we can’t believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord (by faith) we will despair. Therefore, despair is the result of having no hope - and hope is dependent on what? Faith.
The only thing that keeps us from despair, depression, negativity and fear is believing – having faith.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Passover! (Easter, Resurrection Day)

Belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior (justification) is the elementary foundation of a life-long process. 1 Peter 1:3-4 speaks of the imperishable inheritance reserved for believers in heaven. Ephesians 1:18 tells us that Jesus has an inheritance - in believers. It is our maturiting in Christ through the ongoing process of sanctification that brings His inheritance in glorification:
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints”
This Easter I also pray that all believers continue in Christ, always seeking more of Him, that He may be further glorified in us... "moving beyond the elementary..."


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Mark 11:23-24

I know of no other scripture that can radically change the way we pray the way that Mark 11:23-24 can. In these few lines Jesus tells us point blank that *we* have the power to *speak* into situations and remove the obstacles (mountains) that not only stand in the way of fulfilling our purpose in Him, but in our own, personal lives. He doesn't define what kind of mountains these are, which should indicate the inclusion of *all* mountains. Health mountains, money mountains, personal character mountains, career mountains, spiritual mountains - any and ALL mountains.
He follows this by stating that *whatever* (anything, all inclusive, ALL - there's that word again) we ask for in prayer and believe that we have *already received it*, we will have it. Note that this doesn't mean that we necessarily possess whatever it is at the time of prayer - although this is the standpoint of approach - but that IF we truly believe that we already have it, that we *will* have it. This can be difficult to wrap our heads around because it places the thing we're praying for not in the future, but in the here and now - already in our possession. This also leads us to pray from a thankful position, instead of a begging position. If someone hands you a bowl of ice cream you don't turn around and say "where's my ice cream?", because it's right there in front of you. You would thank them for the ice cream and dig in. (You can probably tell I've been dieting) The same is true with this approach to prayer. If God has already provided you with something, you thank Him - even though the tangible evidence of having it isn't there yet.
This doesn't call for a long, drawn out prayer either. It's very simple and direct. To use this formula in prayer might go something like this:
"I speak to (cancer, poverty, pride, etc) and I tell you that you have no place in my life. By the authority of Christ vested in me, I command you to go in Jesus name, now! Lord, I thank you for (whatever the mountain was blocking you from - good health, income, a new job, etc) and I receive it now in Jesus name! Thank you Lord."
That’s Optimistic Trust.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Laodaicea and Today’s Church

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
Laodaicea was part of the Roman province of Asia and was located about 100 miles west of Ephesus in a valley where the Lycus river flows into the Meander river. Laodaicea was a center for trade and the merchants were wealthy. In fact Laodaicea was the financial hub of the entire region around it. About six miles northwest from Laodaicea was Hierapolis, which was famous for its mineral hot springs. Hierapolis had an aqueduct system that flowed down to Laodaicea. The issue was that by the time this hot water reached Laodaicea, the water was lukewarm and undesirable. Recent archeology of the Roman pipeline has also shown that this water was heavy with calcium, making it almost unpalatable for drinking. In contrast, the nearby city of Colossae, just a few miles upriver from both Hierapolis and Laodaicea, and for whom the book Colossians was written, had refreshing cold water sources. Jesus uses this analogy because he knew the people would know exactly what he was referring to. The hot water of Hierapolis served a purpose in bathing and cleansing. The cold water of Colossae also served a purpose, refreshing drinking water – but the lukewarm, unpalatable water of Laodaicea was neither good for cleansing or drinking. Think of it this way - when your morning coffee is no longer hot and becomes tepid or lukewarm, you don’t want to drink another drop and, if so disposed, would literally spit it out rather than swallow it. Another idea which may or may not come into play was that chilled and warm wines were popular drinks at the time. When a guest arrived for dinner or a gathering, his host might offer him wine chilled with snow, or wine mixed with hot water. To be offered lukewarm wine was an insult to the guest and a mark against the host. The Laodiceans are likened to the lukewarm wine that a banquet attendee would despise. They are tepid, objectionable, and something to be vomited out of the mouth. This idea also fits with the overall imagery of the message to Laodicea, which ends with an explicit reference to a banquet. Further, the Laodiceans didn’t welcome Jesus as an honored guest, leaving Him outside the door knocking to get in - they were horrid hosts. On either account, hot or cold is acceptable in the eyes of God, but being neither on fire for God nor a thirsty seeker is not. He finds this state of being unabsorbed, bored and undecided an unpalatable middle ground to be spewed out of His mouth.
The overall state of the church today, especially in America, can very easily be described in the terms as Laodaicea – a boring, undecided and undedicated mess of a middle ground. The majority of churches today offer “a form of godliness, but deny the power of God” from operating within them. They are neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm, unpalatable and calcified with mediocrity. The church today in America is rife with political correctness, seeking a lukewarm middle ground in order to try and please everyone. Pastors are calcified with fear of losing members if they cross the line into preaching truth with power – that is IF they themselves walk in the same. Jesus refers to such as “wretched and miserable” and advises them to “be zealous and repent.” He tells them that He is standing at the door and knocking and, if answered, He will come in and banquet with them. The question is and has been for decades now, will the church respond to the knock. Will the church rid itself of "playing church" complacency and operate in the power that God has offered or will it continue in lukewarm mediocrity.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Prophecies Fulfilled by the Birth of Jesus

“Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.” (Daniel 9:25)
Daniel wrote this prophecy, given by the angel Gabriel, in Babylonian exile in the 6th century B.C. while also studying prophecies already recorded by other Hebrew prophets like Jeremiah. (Daniel 9:2)
Gabriel also participated in its fulfillment when he announced to Miriam (Mary) that she was to give birth to the Holy One of Israel (Luke 1:26–33).
With the birth of Yeshua, the following Biblical prophesies were fulfilled:
Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14—Isaiah prophesied that a virgin or pure young woman will give birth to the Promised One.
Fulfilled: Luke 1:26–31
Prophecy: Isaiah 9:6—Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would come as a baby; Jesus is described by several names—“Wonderful, Counselor,” “The mighty God,” “The Father of Everlasting,” “The Prince of Peace.”
Fulfilled: Luke 2:1–20
Prophecy: Numbers 24:17—Balaam predicts that the Messiah will descend from the house of Jacob—“I see him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the people of Sheth.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2–16
Prophecy: Isaiah 9:7—The Messiah shall be of the house of David. Yosef (Joseph) was of the line of David, as was Miriam (Mary).
Fulfilled: Luke 3:23–38 tracks Jesus's lineage on Joseph’s side; Matthew 1:1–16 tracks Mary side.
Prophecy: Micah 5:2—Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.
Fulfilled: Luke 2:4–7.
Prophecy: Genesis 49:10—He would be a member of the tribe of Judah—“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between His feet, until tribute comes to Him; and to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2.
Prophecy: Malachi 3:1—Jesus would enter the Temple. This is important because no one would be able to enter the Temple again after it was destroyed in AD 70, about 40 years after Jesus's death.
Fulfilled: Luke 2:25–27 tells us that Jesus was brought as an infant to the Temple to be consecrated, and Simeon is there waiting His arrival. And daily, Jesus taught at the Temple when He was in Jerusalem. (Luke 19:47)
Other Prophecies: Jesus would live a sinless life, die on a Roman execution stake, be raised from the dead, ascend into heaven, and sit at the right hand of God: Psalm 22:16; Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:10–11; Psalm 68:18; Psalm 110:1.
Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:21–22; Luke 23:33; Acts 2:25–32; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 1:3.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Praise God, He is here!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Windfall Blessings

I've been blessed and honored by Jim Croft in his asking me to write a book with him on Wlndfall Blessings, so I wanted to share just a couple of my own. Since I've been on FB I really haven't shared anything of my testimony and journey with the Lord and this just seems like an appropriate time.
In late December 2013, the Lord distinctly told me that I was to 'step out'. My immediate question was "into what?" For two years I had ministered deliverance and healing in S. Florida, mostly privately when I was asked to pray for people in their homes or hospital rooms or nursing homes or to minister house cleanings or deliverance in former Santeria worshipers homes, but I had no full time ministry. I had seen great miracles ranging from stage four pancreatic cancer vanishing overnight, proven by scan, to a woman waking from a three year long drug-induced coma, but I had no 'ministry' to speak of. I had also never accepted a dime for any of it and had even turned down checks that were offered to me - something I was admonished by Jim for doing when we finally got connected. I was working for a global technology company and doing fairly well at it - which made it more difficult to see the logic in God's command for me to leave all that and step out into, well, nothing. I argued with the Lord for two weeks before succumbing and submitting my letter of resignation, not knowing where I was to go or what I was to do. To make things worse, in my mind at least, I had just paid off some debt and was almost broke at the time, something I didn't share with many. Before resigning, I had the thought go through my head that if I asked my boss to fire me he would and at least then I'd have unemployment coming in. The Lord's answer came immediately - 'stepping out with a crutch isn't stepping out. I want you to depend solely on me" I started that week with five possible destinations across the country, which was whittled down to one by week's end - Tennessee. I set it up to stay with a friend so I'd have a rent-free roof over my head while I did whatever it was that I was supposed to do when I got there - and God obviously agreed, because I didn't get rebuked over that at least.
The Saturday before I left Miami, at Jim's home church in Boca Raton, I did share that I was leaving for Tennessee, to do what and for how long I didn't know. Two days before I was to leave S. Florida I got a call from a friend, fellow minister and co-worship leader in Jim's church asking me to have lunch with him the following day. I explained that I was busy packing, etc but he insisted so I agreed. We met at a Chinese restaurant 90 minutes north and toward the end of the meal he pulled out a checkbook. He explained that ever since I had made the announcement that I was leaving S Florida, the Lord had put it on his heart to 'seed my ministry.' As he was writing out the check, he explained how he asked the Lord for the amount - and ended up at $3,000, saying that the Lord 'wanted me to be comfortable'. My eyes filled with tears as I accepted. Another minister also called to plant seed before my leaving. I met with him on my way out of the state the next day. God was providing.
The entire time I was in Tennessee, money came in from several unsolicited sources. I never asked anyone for anything but when the few bills I had were coming due, a check would show up in the mail - just enough to get by. After spending 6 unfruitful (monetarily anyway) months in Tennessee I was asked to come back to S Florida to minister at three different gatherings in three different cities in three days. What I didn't realize at the time was that this was over Memorial weekend - if I had realized it I probably wouldn't have gone and would have missed out on an incredible faith-building experience. My airfare, room and board were taken care of - good thing because on the Friday that I was to preach the first session at a large home gathering, I had exactly $17.81 in my checking account. That Friday was supposed to be the biggest financial event of the weekend - with an approximated minimum of 50 people to be gathered. I had lined up the worship leader from IHOP KC, who was in town, and a prayer team of 7-8 from the area. Invitations were to be emailed from West Palm Beach from a woman with a virtual 'who's who list' of S Florida's faithful. As it turned out the Murphy's Law of ministering came into play - the woman who was supposed to send out this massive email invite forgot until the day of the meeting. Fifteen minutes before the service was to begin there were seven people gathered. I told my prayer team that I needed to be alone and went off by myself on the patio. I told the Lord that I surrendered it over to him. I was there, I wasn't going anywhere and finished by saying 'let's just minister'. All told, ten people showed up - equal to the number in my prayer and worship team. The 'service' lasted four hours, with worship lasting almost two hours of that. The Spirit of God was as thick as molasses as there were multiple healings and several set free from decades long bondage. It was a wonderful time ministering with the Lord.
The next night I filled in for Jim at his Boca Raton church while he was out west preaching. Given the previous night's experience and the fact that it was Memorial weekend, I wasn't expecting much at all financially from this night or from the remainder of the weekend - but when I arrived, 'dear Prudence' called me into the kitchen and handed me an envelope, saying that it was from the church but there'd be a separate offering taken. While I was in the men's room before the service I had to peek - $3,000. I was absolutely overcome. Everything I had expected about this weekend had blown up but through the experience of the previous night I had completely surrendered the entire thing to the Lord. I gave up on my own expectations and decided that whatever happened the Lord would take care of me - and He had performed a complete turnaround!
The next morning I ministered at a small church in S. Miami and half way through teaching, the Lord said "Stop, let's minister". I stopped and asked for anyone who needed prayer to come forward. The most amazing thing I've ever seen happened next. As I began to lay hands on people and pray for them, each one was getting slain in the Spirit. After 4 or 5 people, they started to drop at a distance of 6 feet away from me. At one point half the congregation was laid out on the floor as I stood in amazement at what the Lord was doing. There were healings and revelations, answers to questions that had been on minds for years, and deliverance.
This entire experience, being obedient to the voice of the Lord and surrendering everything to Him taught me that completely being dependent on Him would truly bring about completely unexpected blessings. Not just blessings but windfall blessings! Not just spiritual and physical but financial windfall blessings! When I first went to Tennessee I thought, "this is it! Full time ministry!" What I got was a lesson in humility, patience, faith, trust and most of all, expectancy! Expectancy on the promises of God.Through surrender and trust I had been tremendously blessed in every area in three short days. I flew back to Tennessee with over $4,500 in my pocket and a spirit of the wonder of God. This pattern has repeated itself over and over again and again. That's windfall, that's the nature and promise of God.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Don't Question Your Calling

Paul oversaw the stoning of Stephen and was chief persecutor of Christians throughout Jerusalem and surrounding areas. His personal mission was to eradicate Christianity from the face of the earth, yet Jesus hand selected him as the messenger of the Gospel in Arabia, Turkey, Greece, Damascus, Judea, Syria and the Roman territories as well as author to a third of the New Testament. Imagine the initial shock to the other Apostles upon hearing this same person preaching with power. If God has called you, don't question it based on your past, stand on it based on what God has shown you of your future!

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